Wine & Enology
Making, Tasting & Appreciation

Classes & Workshops

Free Webinar: 2018 Grape Grower Season Re-Cap

Thursday, November 15 at 6:00pm
Cost: FREE!

Hosted by the University of Minnesota Extension and U of MN Grape Breeding and Enology, with collaboration from the Southern MN Wine Growers Alliance and the MN Grape Growers Association.

  • How did the 2018 season go for grape growers in the upper Midwest? 
  • What challenges did we tackle
  • What went well
  • What should growers think about for next year? 
  • What insect pests we had a lot of in 2018 (Japanese beetles and flea beetles), and how to deal with those better next year
  • Diseases that limited grape yield, and what to do better next year
  • Trunk diseases...what the heck is going on with that
  • Unproductive trunk cordons and what should be done about that
  • This one-hour webinar will cover these topics and leave plenty of time for questions and comments. 

If you are new to webinars
A webinar is just like watching someone give a seminar, but online instead of in-person. That way, you can participate from anywhere in the world without leaving the house. You will hear us talk while also seeing a powerpoint presentation. There is also a text box where you can submit questions.

Your computer, anywhere you get internet. If you don't have internet, you can still listen in by phone but won't be able to see the powerpoint slides.

How To Participate
It's easy! Just click "Join WebEx meeting" below, on Nov. 15 by 6:00pm, and it will take you to the webinar.

Join WebEx meeting (click here on Nov. 15 by 6pm to join the webinar)
Meeting number

819 673 521
Meeting password

If you do not have internet, join by phone
+1 210 606 9466 US Toll
+1 866 282 7366 US Toll Free
Access code
819 673 521

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Introduction to Wine Tasting and Wine Appreciation

Saturday, December 1, 2018
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Drew Horton, University of Minnesota Enology Specialist at the Horticulture Research Center

The millenia-old tradition of grape fermentation produces an astonishing array of complex flavors and diverse wine types! Join Drew Horton, the University of Minnesota's enology (wine research) specialist to increase your knowledge and appreciation for this ancient beverage. In the company of aspiring wine aficionados, you will learn how to taste and describe wine, how to read a wine label, how wine glasses impact your tasting experience, and the basics of wine and food pairing. Drew's experience as a winemaker and his conversational style will impart a level of knowledge sure to make your next winery visit much more interesting, and impress your next dinner party's guests! For ages 21 and up.
Limit 40, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

$80 member/$95 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

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Introduction to Home Winemaking

Saturday, March 2, 2019
9 a.m. - noon
Saturday, March 9, 2019
9 a.m. - noon

Drew Horton, University of Minnesota Enology Specialist at the Horticulture Research Center

Are you interested in making your own wine, but not sure how to start? Join Drew Horton, the University of Minnesota's enology (wine research) specialist for this two-part workshop. Designed for beginners, you and other winemaking hobbyists will begin with a solid, research-based framework of knowledge as you learn what equipment and supplies are needed, where to source grapes or other fruits, the steps of winemaking, and much more. This workshop is located at the Horticulture Research Center (Across from the Arboretum, adjacent to the seasonal apple house!) so you can see the winemaking process used to test the University's wine grapes. You will leave with the knowledge and confidence to make wine in your own home.
Limit 24, Horticulture Research Center

$80 member/$95 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies




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